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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn in
Bahamas/San Salvador

Riding Rock Inn: "San Salvador - As Good As Ever", Jun, 2015,

by William Shepherd, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 8460.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We have been diving San Sal since 1988 with a break from 2004 until 2015 and consider it one of the best wall dive locations in the Caribbean. Riding Rock has two dive boats and experienced captains that know all sites and with the dive operation divemasters provide thorough site and safety briefings. Nitrox is available but must be requested in advance and costs extra. Dive sites have moorings to protect the reefs and and bottoms. Recent efforts to reduce the lion fish presence have resulted in increased reef shark activity on every dive as they accompany the divers along the walls anxious to partake of any lionfish speared by the dive masters. Good variety of most tropicals with resident groupers a main stay on many sites. Cuts, swim throughs, and tunnels add to the variety and exist on many sites in the 50 - 100 foot depth range and are easily negotiated by even inexperienced divers. Normal dive day is two tank morning dives with a one tank afternoon dive with optional night dives if requested. Bleaching has occurred over the years but most corals are on the road to recovery.
The Inn is well maintained but not fancy with clean rooms, working AC, mini fridges, and cable tv in most rooms. The main building houses the office, dining room, and bar. An excellent variety on the menu every day with their conch soup a favorite each day. Michelle has been managing the resort and inn for many years and is dedicated to ensuring each guest has the best vacation possible. The staff is local and has been with her for many years and welcome returning guests like family. Wifi is available at the main building.
Only challenge, a con for some, is getting to and from San Sal as there is only one daily flight to and from Nassau and one saturday flight to and from Miami. Hard to make connections in Nassau without an overnight stay getting there.
The hospitality of the people of San Sal sets an example to be duplicated by others as they are oriented on ensuring each guest is welcome and has the best experience possible.
Websites Riding Rock Inn   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Australia, Yap, Chuuk, Hawaii, Belize, Honduras, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Aruba, Florida
Closest Airport San Salvador Getting There Bahamasair Daily Flight

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Responsible and safe diving practices are expected and respected.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tanks maintained daily on all dive boats along with camera tables for between dive storage.
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